Category Archives: New York

TGP 61: D. Joshua Taylor – Career Professional

Featured Guest

D. Joshua Taylor

D. Joshua Taylor

For more than 20 years D. Joshua Taylor has been discovering – and sharing – the incredible connections that can be made through genealogy and family history. As host of the popular series Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) he crisscrosses the United States – solving longstanding family history mysteries and uncovering genealogical treasures at every turn. Since February 2016, Joshua has been the President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B), America’s second oldest genealogical organization, headquartered in New York City. An avid genealogist, Joshua has traced his own roots from Boston, Massachusetts to Bombay, India (and nearly everywhere in-between). He is also a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is past President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, an organization dedicated to supporting the needs of genealogical organizations throughout the United States. A popular speaker and author, Joshua frequently shares insights relating to family history and genealogy with audiences throughout the world. He believes family history and genealogy should be about more than just names, dates, and documents, but should instead tell the stories of our ancestors and the extraordinary lives they led.

Contact Links

Website – D. Joshua Taylor
Twitter – @DJoshuaTaylor

Mentioned in the Podcast

The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society –

Thing You were Most Afraid of

Not knowing the answer to something.”

Best Advice You Received from Someone Else


One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Sign up for an institute.”

Recommended Book

Professional Genealogy Edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.


Find a focus.”


If you’d like to contribute to supporting the podcast then I would ask that you recommend me as a virtual speaker to your local library, historical or genealogical society. Any money earned from that now goes directly to supporting my podcast. I’m still in the process of creating an updated list of available talks but here are five titles to choose from.

  1. Discovering Online Oral History and Audio Collections to enrich your research
  2. Use Your Genealogy Skills to discover the history of the people who lived in your house
  3. Verifying Information You Find Online
  4. 5 Steps to Becoming a Good Ancestor
  5. How to Capture and Preserve Oral History Right Now

More details are available on my speaker page.

The Genealogy Professional podcast is now available on Spotify. Search for either Marian Pierre-Louis or genealogy to find it. Don’t forget to follow!

If you’re a YouTube you can also find all the episodes of the podcast on YouTube. Don’t expect any video. It’s just an audio-only file with a picture but I’ve put it over there because some people are more comfortable with that platform.

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If you’re not on Facebook, follow the Genealogy Professional on LinkedIn. You can get new episode notices there. Go to Linkedin and search for The Genealogy Professional and hit the follow button.

In addition to finding the podcast on Spotify and YouTube you can also now find it in Google Play and all other Google products. For instance, you can search for the Genealogy Professional podcast without an app, just right in the Google search box, and the results will deliver the 3 latest podcast episodes right there in the search results.

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TGP 21 Jane Wilcox – New York Research

Featured Guest

Jane E. Wilcox

Jane E. Wilcox is a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, lecturer, and radio show host, with more than forty years of genealogy experience. She owns Forget-Me-Not Ancestry in Kingston, N.Y. and is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) Education Committee.
Jane hosts The Forget-Me-Not Hour: Your Ancestors Want Their Stories to Be Told radio show on the internet at (and formerly on WHVW 950 Jane E. Wilcox on the Genealogy Professional podcastAM radio in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and is author of the forthcoming family biography, From England to America: The Odyssey of the William and Margaret Wilcockson Family. She has consulted for the producers of the hit TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for a genealogy mystery TV pilot.

Jane holds an M.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a B.A. degree in English literature and in history, with an emphasis in Colonial American history, from the University of Michigan, and a Teacher’s Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. As a historian, journalist and teacher, Jane brings historical context to all of her work and enjoys sharing her knowledge with her clients and audiences.

Fascinated with genealogy and history since she was a child, Jane learned genealogy on the lap of her grandmother, a national genealogical records chairman for the Daughters of the American Revolution. Through her research, she has come to believe that the ancestors want their stories to be told.

Contact Links

Website for Jane Wilcox

Jane Wilcox on Facebook

Jane Wilcox on Twitter – @janeewilcox

Other Links

Association of Professional Genealogists

One Action Genealogists Can Take Right Now

“Join the Association of Professional Genealogists and take advantage of what they have to offer.”

Recommended Book

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker

Productivity Tool

Using tables in MS Word for client reports


“Don’t try to be like everyone else. Find your unique niche and use your unique skills and let people know what you have to offer. “

Action Item

This week we switch from talking about to-do lists to focusing on discipline.  Discipline is forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do but will be beneficial for you to do. It doesn’t necessarily have to do with your job at all unless of course you need to start working fewer hours. But the overall benefit should improve your day and every aspect of your life. I gave the examples of committing to exercising and making the beds before starting work each morning.


Think of two areas in your life that could use a little more discipline. Figure out how you are going to incorporate these two new commitments into your life.  Keep it simple and try to make it as easy as possible for you to succeed.

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TGP 1: Lisa Alzo – Genealogy Speaker and Writer

Featured Guest

Lisa Alzo

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, Lisa Alzo, genealogistand using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1987 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Lisa is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles. She has been published in Ancestry Magazine, Discovering Family History Magazine, Family Chronicle, Family Tree Magazine, Reunions Magazine, NGSNews Magazine, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, and The Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Lisa is a contributing editor for Family Baba's Kitchen by Lisa AlzoTree Magazine, and teaches online courses for Family Tree University and The National Institute for Genealogical Studies.

She is frequently invited speaker for national conferences, genealogical and historical societies, and webinars, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. An avid genealogist for more than 23 years, Lisa also chronicles her family history adventures on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist . Visit for more information.

Recommended Book

2014 Writer’s Marketplace by Robert Lee Brewer

Productivity Tool

Scrivener and Scapple both by Literature and Latte


“Follow your heart and work hard”